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    Thief Caught Stealing New CF Bike

    This took place in NYC. You can see the video and read the story at the link.

    http://jaysonelliot.com/blog/2011/11...bicycle-thief/
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    Good Story!
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    I know that shop! Wow. Good job to spot the bike, stay with it, get someone from the shop to join in pursuit, finally get a cop and- best of all! getting the bike back! Nicely done!
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    Well done Fissile! You should get some sort of forum award for that.

    I've dreamed about discovering someone caught in the act of stealing my bike (I've had 2 stolen over the years). It didn't end with handcuffs ....

    I hope that bike shop showed it's appreciation one way or another.

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    Good to see someone doing the right thing and getting involve vice letting the detectives figure it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChasH View Post
    Well done Fissile! You should get some sort of forum award for that.
    What makes you believe the linked story is about Fissile?
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    Good story! That should be felony theft, no?

    I always wondered if people tried stuff like this very often.

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    Awesome !

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    The hidden story: The cop car hit a cyclist on the way back to the bike shop and never stopped. Evidently the $3000 recovery blinded the cop from people who actually ride their bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    The hidden story: The cop car hit a cyclist on the way back to the bike shop and never stopped. Evidently the $3000 recovery blinded the cop from people who actually ride their bikes.
    That bugged me too about the whole ordeal.

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    That's really awesome. There still are good Samaritans out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    The hidden story: The cop car hit a cyclist on the way back to the bike shop and never stopped. Evidently the $3000 recovery blinded the cop from people who actually ride their bikes.
    That bugged me, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    The hidden story: The cop car hit a cyclist on the way back to the bike shop and never stopped. Evidently the $3000 recovery blinded the cop from people who actually ride their bikes.
    The phrase 'Good deeds never go unpunished' springs to mind, in that, while the NYPD did their job in reference to bike shop theft, they went right back to hating cyclists' when they were finished at the bike shop.

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    Sad thing is, if this was a $300 bike that a guy needs to get around town and is his / her only means of transportation, cops wouldn't have blinked an eye.

    $3000 carbon fibre machine though.... glad you could snag it back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkpyro View Post
    Sad thing is, if this was a $300 bike that a guy needs to get around town and is his / her only means of transportation, cops wouldn't have blinked an eye.

    $3000 carbon fibre machine though.... glad you could snag it back!
    Yet, if it were a $300 car I bet they'd be all over that too, cuz you know, cars are valuable and bikes are toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkpyro View Post
    Sad thing is, if this was a $300 bike that a guy needs to get around town and is his / her only means of transportation, cops wouldn't have blinked an eye.

    $3000 carbon fibre machine though.... glad you could snag it back!
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
    Yet, if it were a $300 car I bet they'd be all over that too, cuz you know, cars are valuable and bikes are toys.
    You'll really ought to cut back on the kool-aid. A $300 theft is a misdemeanor and a $3000 theft is a felony, so of course the latter is treated as more important than the former. And if you think cops will handle the misdemeanor theft of a bike differently than a misdemeanor theft of a car differently if the two victims are the same, you are getting a bit paranoid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    The hidden story: The cop car hit a cyclist on the way back to the bike shop and never stopped. Evidently the $3000 recovery blinded the cop from people who actually ride their bikes.
    Yeah

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    What makes you believe the linked story is about Fissile?
    I had nothing to do with this, I just saw the link at the Gothamist web site and posted it here.
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    I got a ride in an unmarked car to the taqueria where the bike was sold. On the drive over, we came within inches of hitting another car, and actually did hit a bicyclist with the car mirror. The bicyclist didn’t fall off or get hurt, so we left her swearing and making faces at us as we drove off.
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    Pinche taqueria?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
    Yet, if it were a $300 car I bet they'd be all over that too, cuz you know, cars are valuable and bikes are toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrridin View Post
    You'll really ought to cut back on the kool-aid. A $300 theft is a misdemeanor and a $3000 theft is a felony, so of course the latter is treated as more important than the former. And if you think cops will handle the misdemeanor theft of a bike differently than a misdemeanor theft of a car differently if the two victims are the same, you are getting a bit paranoid...
    Really, you think that all things being equal other then the type of vehicle that the police would respond the same?

    Several years ago I had a nice burgundy GT Telera(sp) and a Burly trailer. I used both for transportation and shopping. I'd gone to the local Winn Dixie to do some grocery shopping. While I was in the grocery store my bike was stolen. Yes, it was locked to a bicycle rack and the trailer was locked to the bike. The cop who came out to take my statement was less then enthusiastic about having to respond to a stolen bicycle call and didn't go out of his way to offer any help.

    Had I had a car stolen regardless of it's value, I think that his response would have been entirely different. Sadly, I never did recover the bike.
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    I find it amazing that had this police officer been wrong, some of you would have called for him to be fired, and held it up as an example of what's wrong in our country. Yet, he was right even though he arrested the thief without first seeing the bike, and just took someone's word for it with no evidence. Seems like you should be complaining about him making an arrest with questionable probable cause.

    For the record, I think the officer did an excellent job of quickly and efficiently bringing this crime to a conclusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    ...Had I had a car stolen regardless of it's value, I think that his response would have been entirely different. Sadly, I never did recover the bike.
    And as a citizen, I would expect police response for a stolen car to be different than for a stolen bike.

    Stolen bikes are generally for transportation or to sell. Stolen cars are generally stolen in order to commit other crimes. Generally, if a person is going to do a burglary, home invasion robbery, etc., they don't steal a bike for their get-away vehicle. Rather, they'd steal a car instead. People driving stolen cars don't care if they crash, because it's not their car. Naturally, I'd expect a stolen car to get a higher priority because finding it will probably help prevent other people from also being victimized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopperja View Post
    And as a citizen, I would expect police response for a stolen car to be different than for a stolen bike.

    Stolen bikes are generally for transportation or to sell. Stolen cars are generally stolen in order to commit other crimes. Generally, if a person is going to do a burglary, home invasion robbery, etc., they don't steal a bike for their get-away vehicle. Rather, they'd steal a car instead. People driving stolen cars don't care if they crash, because it's not their car. Naturally, I'd expect a stolen car to get a higher priority because finding it will probably help prevent other people from also being victimized.

    Can you cite the source of your claim?
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